Shrubs – a delicious, refreshing drink

Shrubs – a delicious, refreshing drink

Shrubs are a drink from American colonial days made with vinegar, sugar, fruits and herbs. They were used as a thirst quencher and are easy to make and great for using up seasonal produce. They can also add a nice tang to cocktails. My most recent recipe was chopped rhubarb and about 3 tbs of shredded ginger. Delicious!


Fruit Shrub

  • 2 cups washed, fresh fruit, cored and cut if necessary
  • 2 cups organic apple cider vinegar (very tonic to the system)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar, more or less depending on your sweet tooth and the sweetness of the fruit.

Heat vinegar and sugar together in a saucepan, once sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes over medium heat, add fruit, cover and bring to room temp. Add all ingredients to wide mouth Mason jar with plastic lined lid. Shake well, refrigerate and leave for 3 days to a week. Strain and use 1 part shrub to 5 parts water or seltzer, add ice and enjoy!


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